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The Story Of Gardens And Gardening Beginner Workshop, 3rd February, 10 am - 4 pm, RHS Garden

 



Following December’s launch of FARM SHOP in London, Artfarm, the independent hospitality company behind Roth Bar & Grill, the Fife Arms Hotel and Mount St. Restaurant, have officially opened the second phase of the project. In addition to picking up a range of fresh and seasonal, award-winning farm shop products, customers will also be able to head downstairs to a 35-cover wine bar, a secret oasis in the heart of Mayfair, where they’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine, alongside a carefully curated menu of cheese, charcuterie and sharing boards.



 



One of the 20th century’s most captivating painters responds to a world in turmoil. For over 50 years, artist Philip Guston restlessly made paintings and drawings that captured the anxious and turbulent world he was witnessing. Born in Canada to a Jewish immigrant family, he grew up in the US and eventually became one of the most celebrated abstract painters of the 1950s and 1960s, alongside Mark Rothko and his childhood friend Jackson Pollock.



 



This winter, cosy up with hot martinis and fire-cooked food on the roof terrace at Ham Yard Hotel for our latest collaboration with Sipsmith - the Winter Martini Garden. Wrap up in tartan blankets, grab a hot water bottle, and enjoy a host of smoked and steaming hot cocktails in our al fresco living room amidst heaters and candles. Upon arrival you’ll enjoy a welcome drink before unlocking your perfect martini via an interactive quiz. Try one of the innovative new hot cocktails from the Ham Yard and Sipsmith bartenders, or opt for a cold martini served tableside from a brass trolley. £22 per person.



 



Join feminist filmmakers from the 1970s to today to reflect upon art and activism in the UK in a series of screenings and conversations at Tate Britain. The six-part film programme Through a Radical Lens takes up the themes of the current Tate Britain exhibition Women in Revolt: Art and Activism in the UK 1970-1990 through the film and video practices of UK-based feminist artists then and now. The screenings and conversations revisit urgencies of the 1970s and 1980s which are still current today. Through a Radical Lens is programmed by Lucy Reynolds, with curatorial contributions from Club des Femmes, Karen di Franco for Chelsea Space, and Rachel Garfield and Will Fowler at BFI Southbank.



 



Join the National Art Library and V&A Archive staff each Monday for a short talk on an item of their choosing. Museum visitors will encounter some extraordinary collection items and experience the Victorian splendour of our Reading Rooms.




 



Join them for an audio-described tour of Making New Worlds: Li Yuan-chia & Friends. This tour is suitable for blind and visually impaired visitors. Discover the pioneering vision of artist Li Yuan-Chia (1929 – 1994) and the LYC Museum & Art Gallery, which he founded and ran between 1972 and 1983 in the Cumbrian Village of Banks alongside Hadrian’s Wall. Explore the profound impact he had on British art in this gathering of local and international artists working across art forms.



 



An opportunity to hear the story of the creation of Wisley Garden by its original owner, Victorian inventor and experimentalist George Fergusson Wilson. They will look at some of the archives that give them an insight into what motivated him to carve a garden out of farmland, how he chose the site, the various areas he developed, and how they are different – and similar to - the garden as it is today. Part 2 of this talk will take place later in the year.





 



Join the Friends of Kettle’s Yard for a very special talk with Tobias Vernon, the founder of 8 Holland Street, a gallery and design studio specialising in 20th-century British art and modern European furniture, and Emma Burns, the joint managing director of England’s longest running interior decoration firm, Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. Held in the modern extension of the Kettle’s Yard house, the conversation will be led by design journalist Aimee Farrell.




 



New for 2024, Richard will take you through the fascinating world of garden history. You will look at the earliest gardens through to the development of gardens via the Greeks and Romans, Medival, Renaissance and Baroque through to minimalist and naturalistic gardens taught through connections to real gardens.




 



When a golden wedding anniversary reunites the Randolph family on the eve of WWII, Dora and Charles must reckon with the adults their children have become. Meanwhile, their children are haunted by the memory of the family they once were. As the weekend’s celebrations unfold, the family walks a tightrope between intimacy and estrangement, camaraderie and rivalry, love and hate. Heartbreaking and joyful, this captivating revival of Dodie Smith’s (I Capture the Castle) play is a moving dissection of family and what it means to grow up and return home. Lindsay Duncan (Hansard) plays Dora in this beautiful, contemporary production, directed by Emily Burns (Jack Absolute Flies Again).



 



Many plants with winter interest are scented, most are shade tolerant and some are adaptable to life in containers and can be moved in and out of the limelight according to the season. The sight and scent of these valuable plants can cheer up a dull time of the year. Join the RHS Garden Hyde Hall gardeners to help readdress the balance by learning about plants and combinations that can be used to bring colour, scent, and style into the garden throughout the winter months.



 



As a painter, performer and songwriter, Hannam is drawn to narrative. This new body of work embraces a directly expressive approach to his monumental and figurative paintings and works on paper. This new collection of works represents an important shift for the artist, particularly captured in his series, ‘Boy on a Bike’ embracing both a personal mythology and the artist’s connection to the outer world.



 



Discover a new side to Kew at Orchids After Hours. An exuberant and joyful Malagasy band, the Boriza Brothers. Live performances throughout the evening. A little taste of Madagascar with cooking demos and food tastings. Science and horticultural talks from Kew experts. Plus, enjoy delicious food and drink, including cocktails and traditional Malagasy dishes, around the Princess of Wales Conservatory.




 



Frank Auerbach: The Charcoal Heads will be the first time Auerbach’s extraordinary post-war drawings, made in the 1950s and early 1960s, have been brought together as a comprehensive group. They will be shown together with a selection of paintings he made of the same sitters; for him, painting and drawing have always been deeply entwined. The exhibition will be a unique opportunity to see early masterpieces by one of the world’s most celebrated living artists.




 



This event will showcase over 150 up-and-coming and established artists coming from across the UK and Europe, all from a wide range of artistic backgrounds. Providing visitors the opportunity to discover a unique range of artwork that will include - art prints, ceramics, zines, originals, publications, risograph prints, sculptures, jewellery, sewn items, and much more.



 



Textiles cover and protect us, engage our senses, trigger our memories, represent our beliefs, and hold our stories. We are wrapped in cloth when we’re born and enshrouded in it when we die. As an artistic medium, textiles can speak to the joys and pains of being human, as well as the larger structures and systems that shape our world. In this major group exhibition, 50 international, intergenerational artists use textiles to communicate vital ideas about power, resistance and survival. From intimate hand-crafted pieces to monumental sculptural installations, these works offer narratives of violence, imperialism and exclusion alongside stories of resilience, love and hope.



 



Join LUCA for the Valentine's Day set menu at £125 per person. The restaurant serves high-quality ingredients from around the British Isles and Italy. Seasonal produce such as scallops from Orkney, Hebridean lamb and turbot from Cornwall. It is food that observes the established traditions of Italian cooking but breaks the rules a little.



 



With beautifully upholstered banquettes and a vibrant, eclectic atmosphere, Ham Yard Restaurant sets the scene for an unforgettable Valentine's Day. Start the evening with a glass of Billecart-Salmon Rosé, NV and a selection of appetisers, followed by a delicious three-course menu including Burrata, pomegranate, tardive, fennel, pickled Delica pumpkin and Lobster and monkfish Pithivier, rainbow chard, lobster jus gras. £85 per person. 3-course menu including a glass of Billecart-Salmon Rosé, NV and a selection of appetisers.



 



Established in 1985, Andrew Edmunds is considered one of the last bastions of 'old Soho'. This 18th-century townhouse has, for more than thirty years, attracted many loyal customers. A relaxed atmosphere, seasonal menu and famous but reasonably priced wine list have ensured their enduring popularity. Join them for their Valentine's Day Menu at £72 Per Person.



 



Our festival for aspiring filmmakers aged 16 to 25 will be taking place in-venue at BFI Southbank, online globally for free, and for the first time in cinemas UK-wide. This year’s BFI Future Film Festival will include four jam-packed days filled with masterclasses, workshops, screenings, and networking opportunities, with events programmed across three strands: Storytelling, Business of Film and Career Ladder. With a host of industry experts and screen creatives leading the sessions, both online and in-person, the BFI Future Film Festival is the best way for filmmakers aged 16 to 25 across the UK and beyond to break into the screen industries.



 



Originally conceived for the French Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022, Dreams Have No Titles is an immersive installation comprising film, sculpture, photography and performance that interweaves the artist’s biography with activist films produced across France, Algeria and Italy in the 1960s and 1970s, a pivotal moment in the history of avant-garde film production. Sedira will transform the Gallery’s exhibition space into a series of film sets.



 



Two worlds meet in a romantic drama which sees stars of film and TV, Keeley Hawes and Jack Davenport, make their long-awaited returns to the London stage. 1948, Shropshire: the winter is freezing, austerity is biting and Iris Elcock, GP, Socialist and Labour party councillor, is working tirelessly to implement Nye Bevan’s National Health Service Act and its revolutionary promise of free health care for all. At home she is a mother, and wife to a fellow GP, an ex-Navy man scarred by the war. But a chance meeting with George Blythe, a local boy who has made it to Hollywood, turns her quiet, certain world upside down. The Human Body is a story of political and private passions from multi-award-winning writer Lucy Kirkwood (The Witches, Mosquitoes, Chimerica). In his final production as Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, Michael Longhurst directs together with Ann Yee, with whom he previously collaborated on Next to Normal and Caroline, or Change.



 



In the first of many exciting announcements for 2024, Thorpe Estate is delighted to share that there will be a special Valentine’s collaboration between Thorpe Garden and celebrated Chefs Andy Stubbs and Genevieve Taylor. Experts in cooking over fire, Andy and Genevieve, have created a bespoke six-course menu celebrating the finest ingredients, which will be served in the romantic atmosphere of the Pavilion for an unforgettable dining experience. Expect a welcome drink on arrival, delicious food and great company in the beautiful surroundings of Thorpe Garden.



 



Join them for HANDS x Bistro Freddie Renaissance Lunch. Renaissance still life display by HANDS 

A beautiful menu is available, including a Prawn Cocktail, Chicken and Leek Pie, and a Winter Pavola. Expect communal dining and a natural wine list. Limited tickets are available.



 



Learn the art of ceramic plate making and decorating them with Gavin Houghton at his studio in Stockwell, an experienced ceramic maker with a passion for hand-made pieces. Discover the techniques he uses to create beautiful and unique plates and other shapes. Sign up for the one and a half days course today and get your hands dirty! The plate-making course costs £550 per person for one and a half days




 



Join them for an introduction to sketching in the Tate Collection with artist and art historian Frank Wasser. Learn the key skills and techniques for sketching and gain a unique look at some of Britain's most prominent artists. This practical workshop will take place in the Tate Britain Collection, where you will work directly in front of artworks. Over the course of the workshop, you will build up the introductory skills and techniques needed to get you started making your own masterpieces. Examples of techniques are hatching, crosshatching, blending, stippling, circling, shading, scaling, and washing.




 



Presented by the Crafts Council, Collect is the leading international fair for contemporary craft and design, representing the pinnacle of artistry and creativity. Celebrating its 20th year, Collect 2024 takes place in the glorious and historic setting of Somerset House, London. At a time when contemporary craft has never been more sought after, Collect features outstanding artworks, rich in narrative, made in the last five years by living artists and designers. Prices range from £500 to £50,000+, providing an opportunity for collectors, art consultants, interior designers, curators and enthusiasts - new and established - to acquire contemporary craft.




 


Get a glimpse of freshly dreamed-up innovations and fragrance combinations with this Natural Fragrance Making workshop to celebrate Galentine’s Day. In this intimate two-hour perfume workshop, the London Refinery will discuss the wide range of essential oils and demonstrate how to blend scents to create and pour your very own perfume to take home and enjoy.



 



In the sleepy month of February, a month in which they are more attached to their beds, Anna invites Lucid Dreaming expert and author Charlie Morley to come and discuss their ‘dream state’ and how they can wake up within it. Skye Gyngell will be back at Petersham, creating a unique menu using ingredients to enhance the dream state.




 


New Film Releases


The Iron Claw (9th February), Bob Marley: One Love (16th February), Wicked Little Letters (23rd February)




 


Antique & Flea Markets




Auctions




 


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